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Nikon Z 5: A Z-Series Camera For the Masses

Simon Skinner - 2 years ago

Hot on the heels of Canon’s recent EOS R5 and R6 full-frame mirrorless camera announcements, Nikon followed with the revelation of their new, entry-level model in their Z-Series range; the Nikon Z 5 has launched as the perfect all-round Nikon mirrorless camera, we took it out for tests and put it on the spot in #TheMeasure.

Nikon Z 5 Review

Entering into a new age of photography, brands across the board have now, [somewhat hesitantly] jumped onto the Mirrorless bandwagon. imaging giants, Nikon, for one, has been developing products that might gently nudge their loyal DSLR fans onto the more compact system with the latest offering being the Nikon Z5. A small, compact, ‘entry-level’ full-frame camera.

Boasting a number of high-quality features such as a 24-megapixel sensor which sits on a 5-axis image stabilisation system, and EXPEED 6 image-processing engine and 4K video. It’s a camera that has all the makings of an ideal compact camera for many uses; particularly travelling.

The kit includes a collapsable 24-50mm f4-6.3 lens, which shows that Nikon really is doing all they can to make this a super lightweight and appealing full-frame machine.

It was only a matter of time before we started to see brands come out with full-frame models that were friendly on the wallet and covered a wide range of features making it capable in many scenarios. Like the D610 to the D750, the Nikon Z 5 is the jumping board to its bigger siblings the Z 6 & 7. 

However, in many respects, Z 5 is arguably a better model than the Z 6. It offers a cheaper body at new [at most online retail stores], comes with dual card slots instead of a single, expensive, CF Express cards. It also boasts a slightly newer 24-megapixel sensor a slightly smaller body.

We got hands-on with the new camera to run through its paces in #TheMeasure. Watch the resulting video below!

5/5

PhotoBite Nikon Z 5 review -
Nikon Z 5:- Ideal for those looking to get into the mirrorless system and opting for full-frame goodness. The Nikon Z 5 looks to appeal to the masses in more ways than one.

Pros

  • Dual Cards
  • Articulating Screen
  • Small Body

Cons

  • Pricing compared to a Z 6 is questionable

About the author

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Simon Skinner

Co-founder // Editor

Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.